Zimmitti v. Zimmitti
A court can find one party at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The parties married in September 1989 and have two children. The husband, 44, earns $68,101 gross per year as a construction foreman at Decco International. The husband sometimes travels long distances to work. The wife, 43, earns $48,613 gross per year as an executive assistant at Spectra Energy. The wife maintained that she was unable to obtain an associate's degree at Manchester Community College, because the husband preferred that she remain at home. The parties sold their residence in Connecticut and spent six years in Italy, after the husband was charged with driving under the influence. The husband claimed that he believed he was not required to pay income taxes after he moved, and he apparently did not file his income tax return the first year that the family was in Italy. The court found the husband at greater fault for the breakdown of the marital relationship. The court awarded joint custody of the children and primary residence with the wife. The court ordered the husband to pay child support of $166 per week and 50 percent of unreimbursed medical expenses. The court ordered each party to maintain life insurance of $100,000, for the benefit of their children, until their children are 23 years old, provided that the cost is not unreasonable. The court ordered the husband to pay alimony of $100 per week until the wife's death, marriage, cohabitation or five years after the wife vacates the marital residence, whichever takes place first. The court rejected the husband's request to keep the marital residence. The court ordered the parties to sell the marital residence and to divide equally the net proceeds, if any, of sale or, alternatively, any deficiency, except for a lien and unpaid pendente lite mortgage payments, which are the husband's responsibility. The court awarded each party accounts and investments. The court ordered the parties to hold each other harmless from debt. The court awarded the wife the 1996 Pontiac and the husband the 2003 Dodge and the 1995 Jeep.